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COAL: A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. (Midwest Energy News)

• In Missouri and elsewhere, market forces are already driving coal-plant retirements amid efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• A Minnesota Republican lawmaker says he’s “proud that Minnesota companies and elected officials have taken it upon themselves to work to reduce carbon emissions without the heavy hand of the federal government demanding so.” (Minnesota Public Radio)
• A variety of stakeholders in Iowa say the EPA’s efforts are unlikely to slow the growth of wind energy in the state. (Des Moines Register)
• It remains unclear whether the U.S. EPA will consider a new rule to replace the Clean Power Plan. (New York Times)

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• The Dakota Access pipeline has boosted North Dakota’s tax revenues by $18 million in its first three months of operation. (Bismarck Tribune)
• An activist convicted in North Dakota of targeting an oil pipeline says a judge’s decision disallowing the threat of climate change as a defense would unlikely be grounds for an appeal. (Associated Press)
• As the Trump administration seeks to stop a lawsuit that would block the Keystone XL pipeline, its attorneys say a judge can’t “second-guess” a presidential permit for the project. (Associated Press)

NUCLEAR: The trend of retiring nuclear plants will test how well funding levels match decommissioning cost estimates. (Utility Dive)

BIOFUELS: Members of the Iowa biodiesel industry gather to push back against potential cuts to the Renewable Fuel Standard. (Quad-City Times)

TRANSPORTATION: Some groups in North Dakota are advocating increasing the state’s fuel tax to fund road and bridge upgrades. (Bismarck Tribune)

OIL AND GAS: North Dakota regulators will hold public hearings this month on a utility’s plan to increase rates for natural gas service by 5.4 percent to pay for pipeline replacement projects. (Bismarck Tribune)

• An editorial board in Ohio praises a company for building two major natural gas plants in the community. (Youngstown Vindicator)
• Ohio researchers say the Trump administration’s recent energy proposals “will do little to help coal-dependent regions, and some will actually worsen their decline.” (The Conversation)

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